How to Regrout Tile in 6 Steps

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What You'll Need
Tile sponge
Utility knife
Vacuum cleaner

Regrouting tile is usually a simple and cheap way to restore the charm that the room once had. You can decide to regrout the tiles of the floor and walls in any room in your home. You must immediately get to work and regrout the tiles if you see that it is damaged. Replace the grout if it is too old. Follow these steps to regrout your tile surfaces.

Step 1 - Select the Grout Color

Purchase the appropriate grout color for the area you want to re-grout. If you have decided to regrout an entire area of a room, then the color of the grout should match the color of the tile. On the other hand, if you want to regrout only a small part of a room, it is better if you see that the color of the new grout matches that of the old grout.

Step 2 - Remove the Old Grout

Cut through the old grout with a grout saw or utility knife, and remove it with a chisel. Use caution while removing the old grout. Be careful not to damage the tile as you are regrouting. If the grout does not easily come loose, try tapping the chisel gently with a hammer. Do not damage the tiles.

Step 3 - Clean the Tiles

After you have completely removed the grout, use a vacuum cleaner to clean the tiles of dirt or pieces of loose debris. Clean the tiles with a household cleaner or mixture of water and cleaning detergent.

Step 4 - Mix the Grout

Always check the manufacturer's instructions first. If you are not using pre-mixed grout, mix the grout you have purchased. The most recommended type of grout is modified with latex. It is better because it is resistant to water and it does not wear off as time passes, thus making it ideal for bathrooms.

Step 5 - Place the Grout

Use a float to place the grout on the tile and spread it. Hold the float at an angle of 30-degrees and push the grout between the tiles. Fill the spaces completely.

Step 6 - Wash the Tiles

Once you have finished filling the spaces with grout, you can use the float again to remove any grout left on the surface of the tiles. You can also use a tile sponge to remove the excess grout, but you must first dip the sponge in water. Repeatedly wash the tiles to clean them completely of excess grout.